Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Prejudices

While working on my newspaper articles I overheard my eight year old say,

"Only kill the ....... guys!"

The ....... was either white or black, I couldn't quite understand everything he was yelling.  I began to listen closely to find out if he said, "Only kill the black guys!"

Concern crossed my face as I listened intently for him to repeat his comment while he was playing war with his siblings.

"Only kill the white guys!  Save the black guys and the dwarfs!"

What?

Seriously?

It was a relief that he hadn't picked up any racial prejudices from a recent visit from relatives.  It is shocking how many people still look down on other races.  Whether it be the Indians, Blacks, Asians, homeschoolers, large families, Christians, Mormons, women, and non-minorities - prejudice abounds.

I've heard recently that certain government jobs can only be filled by minorities this year.  So, basically since my son is white he can't get the job.

We also were told last month that a family member is getting a check for $30,000 this year just because he is an Indian.

I have to admit, I am happy for him and his family.  I know they can really use the money.  But, is that fair?

I understand that there are certain people groups that need help getting out of the cycle of poverty and despair and I totally agree with them getting the help they need.

Government programs abound that help families that are having a hard time and I am thrilled to have our tax dollars go to them.

So, I hope you understand that I am totally against prejudices and for truth.

I remember when I joined the Navy.  I was only 17 yrs old.  There was a young man from Kentucky in the barracks and he shared with me that the Klu Klux Klan was still in operation.  I didn't believe him - there was no way it was still around.  That just showed my naivety.   

As Americans we have the freedom to believe any way we want as long as our actions stay with in the law.  And, I also believe as a Christian, God gives me the choice to believe what I want even if I am in error.  He does not do mind control or brainwashing.  But, I am accountable to Him for those choices and beliefs.  If I chose to go contrary to His ways of loving people no matter what their race or gender, I will suffer the consequences.

Many of our beliefs and views are based an false information and family patterns and influences.  

What if we took each man, woman, child, and family on their own merit?

What if each person was judged by their actions and character instead of the color of their skin or if they are mail or female?

As I continued to listen to my children play I heard the yell, "Also save the blue guys!"

A little relief washed over me as I realized my kids were not being prejudice against black people.  In fact, they were protecting them as well as dwarfs and blue people!"  Later I also found out they were just talking about the color clothes their dolls were wearing, not their skin color.

There is nothing wrong with noticing someones skin color or ethnic heritage.  I'm proud to be Irish and Norwegian.  My grandmother is proud to be, as she says, "All American and fully Texan."

We can acknowledge our differences and even learn to rejoice and appreciate them. 

I believe we also have a responsibility to teach our children to accept each person on their own merit.  We hear jokes about hillbillies from Arkansas.  When we travel to the south, people say I talk weird and when we go to the north, my husband hears the same jokes about his southern accent.

People think because we home school and have a large family we are wrong.  The judgement about whether it be about our family size, school preference, traveling full time, our religious beliefs, or how we spend our days.

Why are people so opinionated?

Judgements, opinions, prejudices, critical comments - all are counterproductive.

If we all take the steps to be content with our life and trust other people to make their own choices.

Prejudices abound in every country, state, and community.  Take a moment and think about what yours are.  We can all begin the change.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What do you have faith in?


Faith - we all have faith in something.

Faith in God.

Faith in Evolution.

Faith in a friend's companionship.

Faith in our love with our spouse.

Faith in a teacher's knowledge.

Faith in a doctor's diagnosis and treatment.

Faith in there being a tomorrow.

Faith that the earth will keep turning.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for 

and the evidence of things not seen.

Walking in faith is a 
minute by minute
breath by breath
choice.

We can have hope for the possibilities of the present and future 
or we can close our hearts and eyes and only see doom.

I have faith in God - He has never let me down.
Ever.


(picture taken in the Tusher Mts of Utah in January 2012.)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Climbing up the Financial Ruin Ladder

The country is on the upward climb out of the steep cliff of financial ruin
that has been plaguing the United States and the world for years.
(Mesa Verde National Park -  Balcony House Tour)
I woke up this morning to the great news that Wall Street is on the rise, and not just a little bit, a whole lot!

Why?  How is this happening?  With the debt limit crisis and fiscal cliff crisis so recent can it even be possible that something in the economy is going right?

What will be quite entertaining is who is going to try to grab credit for this upswing.  I wonder how the Democrats and Republicans will start taking claim for this positive change in the economy?

How long will it last?  Is it just a temporary turn for the better or are things actually on the mend?

Time will tell.  The stock market may go back down some but will it then turn around quickly?

Sometimes it is a little scary to watch the news and hear what they say triggers upturns and downturns in our economy.  So many people with such enormous control.

Their choices and actions can bring the world out of recession or keep it on the downhill path it has been on for a long time.

As a candidate for the 2016 Presidential Election I promise to totally fix the economy and all of your problems. (Do I sound like a politician now?)  he he he

I joke but I do believe there are people out there that still have the heart to serve their community and country with no other motive than just that - service.

So we shall see...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Taking the Menopause Bull by the Horns - beginning symptoms

Taking the Menopause Bull by the Horns!
Taken while we were in Ft. Worth at a bull riding event.

It was about 2 am and I woke up hot as could be.  Normally I am cold and have to pull the blankets up around my neck, but not lately.  

The thermostat is where it has been for the last couple of months.

The weather hasn't gotten much warmer.

I grabbed my laptop and went to the couch.  There is always work or research to do for my blogs, website, or the next city we want to travel to.  The news was on and I was wide awake.

What is the deal?  Why am I hot and can't sleep?

These are two common symptoms of menopause.  I am a little young to be in full blown menopause, but I am at an age where I can begin to experience some of the mild symptoms.  

This wasn't the first night I couldn't sleep.  

So, my thoughts are - What can I do to make sure I get enough sleep?

I will need to make sure I go to bed at a decent hour.  That way if I wake up in the middle of the night I still get enough sleep, which we all know is critical to good health. 

My dear mother sent me a set of jammies that are full body and flannel.  I might have to go with lighter sleep wear and no socks.

When I do wake up I will try to not get up and watch TV or work on the computer like I did last night.  Health shows always say that removing bright lights, TV, and computer screens about 30 minutes before bed helps us to fall asleep faster.  Also, I am going to take my calcium magnesium supplement in the evening.  According to Dr. Oz it supposed to help sleep. Maybe I will enjoy a cup of Chamomile Tea also.

If I do wake up at night I will try to use that time to pray for myself and others.  I can use that time to focus on God and His word.  I can turn sleeplessness into a special time with my best friend - Jesus.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Too Much Stuff - Not Enough Time

Stressed out.

Wore out.

Too much stuff.

That is me today.  We are getting ready to go to the next campground.  It is so exciting to move on to a new place, new adventures, and Cable TV!

But, we are sorting our belongings before we head out.  Yikes!  Sometimes I wish we had a huge pole building to just put our stuff in until the day comes that I want to sort it and have the time to sort it.

I remember when my grandma told me, 

"Honey, I am 78 and I am still sorting!  You will never get done, so enjoy your life!"

That is one of the reasons we sold our home and most of our belongings.  We don't want things to rule us - control us - dictate our lives.

Instead we want belongings to bless us, help us, and supplement our lives.

Sheri dreaming of burning all of the stuff she has to sort
Possessions should be a positive in our life not a ball and chain that weigh us down and destroy us.  Possessions can keep us from what we should be doing.

When things and schedules make us too busy for people then we have to question our life.

People are what is important, not things.  Places are not what's important - people are.

What ever happened to visiting and enjoying each other.  Everyone is so busy now a days.  If we don't have time to call grandma or visit with a neighbor once a month something is wrong.

I can only hope that I have time for you.  I write to you almost everyday in the hopes I might be a blessing.

Can you do the same for others?  Your spouse?  Your children?  Then others.

Leaving our Fingerprint


I recently bought a new camera.  I picked it up at the store and went directly to Zion National Park.  The views are incredible and inspiring.  Pictures of any scenery there are stunning.  Later, when we got back to the cabin we are renting, we gathered around my computer to see how the pictures would turn out.  Any picture of Zion would be great and my new camera couldn't even touch the gorgeous national park.  But, I was extremely happy with the photos and excited to try out all the features.

Our next adventure took us to Fish Lake National Forest, Pando, and Capitol Reef National Park.  We had already visited each of these places numerous times but even if we went there twenty more times we would not be disappointed or bored.

Once again, I took a ton of photos and put them in the computer when we got home.  

Right away I noticed lines on the top of any picture that was taken while the sun was shining.  Anytime the sun was behind a cloud we could not see them.

Pando, Fish Lake National Forest, Utah

Come to find out I had put a fingerprint on the camera lense.  Any picture that the sun was shining there was my print.

When the image was darker or in the shadows, there was no print visible, although it was still there.  


Fish Lake in Fish Lake National Forest, Utah
Notice the print on the top of the photo
We all leave our fingerprint - our mark.  Whether it be on a person or nature.  

When we have contact with a person do we leave them with an imprint of love, peace, and joy?  Or, do we leave them scarred and wounded?

Nature - do we leave garbage, destruction, and ruin?  Or, do we leave it the way God intended - clean, natural, and there for us to enjoy?

I find I leave my print on each of my children.


My print is left on each of my children
Tusher Mts. Utah

Being a mother can be extremely humbling.  Daily, we influence and mold our children.  We must consider what we are guiding them into - whether it be positive or negative.

Our print is left in our marriage.  When our spouse thinks of us does it bring warmth thoughts of love or anger, bitterness, and rejection?

Often times we can do everything right in our relationships and still there are problems.  We leave our print but it is not received or completely rejected.  I know.  It hurts.

Other times we leave our print and no one sees.  It is not visible but still there.

My fingerprint only showed in the photos when the sun was shining, even though it was still there -


I like to think my print only appears brightly when the Son is shining on it.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Caretaker - What about Intimacy?

Overcoming the lack of Intimacy in a marriage.
(Photo taken at Gates Pass near Tucson, Arizona. It is my oldest son up there!)
Taking care of an ill spouse is extremely difficult.  I believe that what the bible says about when a husband and wife get married they become one.  So when one half of the team gets ill both are ill.

Of course, what I went through as the caretaker is nothing compared to the pain my husband suffered.  Yet, the suffering courses through both people in ways that cannot be put into words.  I could spend my life writing about the things we went through as a married couple - where pain was ever present.

I want to try to talk about some of the ways a marriage suffers when sickness, disease, or cancer invades.

This post will deal with kisses.

Simple little kisses.

What happens when they don't happen?

A person might read this and think seriously?  Is this an issue?

Yes, it is.  Maybe your ill spouse can kiss you but maybe they can't hold you or be intimate with you.

This is when we must work very hard to find a way to have physical contact in other ways.  I couldn't kiss my husband's lips, but I could kiss his hand, neck, and toes.  I couldn't snuggle at night.  In fact, I couldn't even move in bed because it would set off his pain.  He had such little sleep as it was.  So, I laid on his legs when we were watching TV or enjoyed rubbing his back and neck when they hurt.  I would close my eyes and just feel his love and warmth.

I was very careful to not have a close relationship with another man.  I never confided to another man or talked too long with one.  With my husband not able to give me the comfort and attention I needed sometimes, I knew that adultery could try to rear its ugly head.  It is important to be honest about this.  We are fools to think we are too strong or that we would never do that.  There are reports all the time of great men of God failing and having an affair.  Leaders of our country that so many admired have fallen in this area.  Proverbs, in the bible, talks in depth about this and says a strong man can be led away by an adulterous woman.  So, it can be a strong person that falls.

Little kisses might seem minor but if we don't keep a handle on the little things, they can lead to big things - like an affair.

There was one man, that I knew had a crush on me.  My husband was gone all week working and then we he came home on the weekends he was so wore out from the pain that he would lay in bed for two days and then head out again on Monday for four days out of town.  I loved him for his dedication to his family.  He suffered so much during the week so he could make money for us to eat and have a home.  I admired him so much, but yet I missed him so much.  I always felt like I got the left overs.  He gave everything all week to everyone at work and then didn't have any left for me and the kids on the weekend.  I always felt so selfish.  How could even whine when he sacrificed all week for us.  I thought the least I could do was let him rest on the weekends.  

So, began the process of me loving whatever he could give me and not needing more.  

I let who he was be all I needed.  

I loved him the way he was at that moment, not the man I married, not the man I thought he was going to be.  

I loved him with the pain and all.  

When the other man came around, I guarded my heart.  I was careful to not look in his eyes too much.  I tried to not be alone with him at all.  I am not a strong woman but I had to be for my marriage and my children - and my God.

My love for my husband grew continually.  
It was the grace of God and absolutely a choice.  
I chose life.  
I chose him.  
I chose love. 
I chose God's ways.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Love Story - Keeping the Romance


How do we possibly have any time together?  

With six kids, full time travel, home school, and a really small camper with minimal privacy - some people wonder how on earth we can be 
more in love every day or how there can be any romance?

I remember reading in a Gary Smalley book that we should kiss at least five times a day.  Now, that doesn't mean a peck on the cheek.  I mean wet and mushy.  

I told my husband, "Don't kiss me like I'm your sister, I want a real one!"

Meaningful touches, brushes, and squeezes randomly when we are together.

Trying to find something nice to do for each other every day.  

We also try to notice the little things we do to bless each other and say thank you.

Forgive even when they don't know they need it.

We try to exercise together everyday.  Whether it be a video or preferably a walk through the woods, desert, or mountain - we spend an hour together
talking 
exercising
discussing different important subjects
or just sharing about random things from our day

Now, not everyone can take off for an hour everyday, and neither can we.  So, on the days we cannot, we spend time at night together.  Even if it is just in front of the TV, we snuggle, hug, and enjoy each other's presence.

When I lay in his arms I purpose to feel every bit of him.  I take the time to notice every part of me that is touching him.  I listen to his breath. I feel the warmth of his arm.
It doesn't have to be a big date night once a week.  I need my husband every day in some way.  Even if it is just for those few special moments - I don't lose them.

I seek them.

(photo taken in Key Largo, Florida where we were camping in early 2009)


When Does Menopause Start? Perimenopause

When Does Menopause Start? Perimenopause


The word MENOPAUSE always brought thoughts of cranky old ladies that bite off everyone's head.  I know that sounds harsh but it is true.  When I was younger that is what  people joked about.

After I had a couple of children it seemed my periods and different times during the month became more difficult.  Hormones seemed to go crazy a few days before my period and I had to make myself be more patient and loving during those times (and still do:)

I began the research for my book on menopause and found the word Perimenopause!  

What in the world?

All I knew was that menopause could be rough and now they are saying there is a prelude to the big event?  And then I learn menopause can take years to go through!

Good grief!

With more research over the last ten years I have learned that:

  1. Menopause is not to be dreaded.  
  2. Menopause is not an nasty old lady disease.
  3. Life after menopause can be some of the best years for a woman.
  4. Menopause symptoms can start as early a woman's thirties and is called Perimenopause.
  5. Perimenopause is the subtle changes that our body makes in preparation for the big event - Menopause.
  6. Some consider Perimenopause to be the entire time before the day that is actually considered Menopause which is when a woman has not had a period for one year.
  7. Symptoms are hot flashes, irregular period - in length and flow, hard time sleeping, vaginal dryness, mood swings, fatigue, and breast tenderness.  This is not a complete list but includes the most common symptoms.

Perimenopause and Menopause are not to be feared.  You may laugh at that statement, but  the reality is that many women do fear or dread this time of their life.  

I seemed to have gotten about 100 new wrinkles lately and I fear them!

With research, patience, and choosing our thoughts, we can be overcomers of the negative prejudices about Menopause and Perimenopause and come through it better women.

As always, I am so thankful I have God to help me through everything in my life....


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Going Loopy! Domestic Terrorism

Do you ever feel like they are out to get you?  

As if their main goal in life is to drive you nuts?


The face of Domestic Terrorism - my son
Where are the kid's scissors?  How can they all go missing?

Where is my big cooking pot?  Who didn't put it away in the right spot?

Why are there wet clothes on my bed?

If you plug the toilet let someone know so they can plunge it!

Do not run with scissors!  Or a pencil!

Why are you poking your forehead with a lead pencil?

I can barely see that cut, it can't hurt that bad!

Sometimes I feel like there is mutiny in my home.

Is it domestic terrorism?

Domestic something produced or manufactured in one's own country.

Terrorisma terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

My husband jokes that he is a dictatorship - could the children be taking that literally?

I joke about this and I am not actually comparing my children to violent terrorists, but if you have children I know you understand.

My dad used to say that there was a monster that lived in the back of the dryer that would always steal one of his socks.

Such is life, it seems that some days my wonderful children do way too many things that make my life much harder. Yet, I would never change my life.  At moments like these I have to remind myself just how blessed I am.  I love my husband and kids and no matter what they do to make my life harder I am thankful for them.

So, I teach, train, and take deep breaths as they learn how to walk without sharp objects, flush the toilet, put things away, and try to be a blessing to those around them.  Then, I teach them about grace by the way I respond 


  • either by my responding harshly so they learn what grace isn't
  • or by my responding with patience and firmness and they learn what grace is
Now, back to the salt mine or nut house what ever you call it

-home-




Monday, January 14, 2013

Love Story - Love Never Fails

(leaf at Zion National Park, Utah)

Do you ever just know that you love him.  
It is such a deep love that nothing can separate it?

Love that can withstand all evil.
Love that can withstand all sickness.
Love that can withstand all hate.
Love that can withstand poverty.
Love that can withstand pride.
Love that can withstand separation.
Love that can withstand difficult relatives.
Love that can withstand rudeness.
Love that can withstand pain.
Love that can withstand selfishness.
Love that can withstand stress and anxiety.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God and when His love flows through us we can love our spouse with the source of it being the greatest love of all.

Love is not easy.  It is a choice.  

We chose to love our spouse.  
We chose to be faithful.  
We chose to stay together.
We chose life.
We chose not to think of other men.
We chose not to want to leave.
We chose to focus on the positives.
We chose to remember our faults.
We chose to not point the finger.
We chose to try harder.
We chose to do better.
We chose to have mercy and compassion.
We chose to not be judgmental.
We chose to cover their faults and love anyways.
We chose to remember that we are not perfect.




Morning Snack - how to keep up the energy

Please read my previous post on what I eat for breakfast.  

I try to eat a morning snack about 3 hours after breakfast.  This snack is small yet productive.  Protein is the key so I eat one of the following:


  • turkey
  • chicken
  • tuna
  • salmon
The serving should be the size of the palm of my hand.  I do not overdo the protein, the extra my body doesn't need will show up on my tooshie!  (I like to make up words and spelling!)


Along with that I have a bowl of one of the following:

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana (if I am going to do my exercises in the morning
  • small apple
  • 1/2 cup peaches
I try to eat a variety throughout the week.  Mixing up the colors makes for a healthier diet.

Yellow banana
Red apple
Blue berries
Pink grapefruit

Also, because of the mercury found in some fish, I am careful how often I eat fish.  Please look into the current recommendations.  I pre-cook my meat on Monday so it is handy for a few days worth of snacks and meals.  Turkey is very affordable, so we pop one in the oven as often as possible.  

Here are a few products I love:

Of course these have some sodium.  
Oh well.  I just do the best I can!




Friday, January 11, 2013

Let Loose, Laugh, and Have Fun


Do you ever get down on the floor and play silly with your kids?  

What about running in circles around the table for no good reason with your two year old in the lead?

I played a game of scrabble with my kids and put the craziest words on the board.

Laugh.

Have fun.

Just let loose sometimes and be silly.

I'm not talking about being foolish, stupid, or irresponsible.

I'm talking about having a great day and enjoying the little moments in life with your family.

My son was grocery shopping for me and I pranked him on the phone.  My husband and I were crying we were laughing so hard.

Now, when my 20 yr old and 18 yr old walk out the door we say, 

"Yes, the adults are gone!"




What do I Eat for Breakfast to Lose Weight?

What I eat for breakfast to lose weight.

There is so much great information out there on weight loss.  Just one trip to Dr. Oz's website will give you more ideas than you can even do!

So, I am not here to tell you how to lose weight.  I am just going to tell my story of what I ate for my body type, age, and goals.

With six kids, homeschooling, and traveling full time, I need energy.  Starting my day with a bowl of cereal just won't work.  Some people can go on a light breakfast, but if I don't start my day off with a big serving of protein and some carbs I fizzle around 9 am and then again at 2 pm.

So, I usually eat the following for breakfast:

1 whole egg and 1-2 egg whites fried in a light coating of olive oil spray.

I put it over a potato that is I try to bake the day before in the microwave so it is ready to cut and cook quickly on the stove.  I make a small potato and have found the yellow potatoes are delicious and usually not very dirty so that saves time on scrubbing it for a while to get the dirt off.  I chop it up and cook it in a little olive oil spray on the stove also.  Since it is pre-cooked it doesn't take long to crisp up.

I cut up some red, yellow, orange, and green pepper along with mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, and any other veggie that is in the fridge that would be yummy.  I saute them in water.  I try to add the tomatoes right before the other veggies are done and then I throw in a handful of fresh spinach just for a minute at the end.

Now, some days I don't have all of the veggies above so I just saute what ever I have.  

Sometimes it is nice to just have my eggs along with 1/2 a grapefruit if I am in a hurry.  

I try to eat every three hours so my next meal is usually a small piece of chicken, turkey, tuna, or salmon  along with either 1/2 a cup of pineapple, a small apple, or grapefruit.

I enjoy my big breakfast and so does my hubby.  He absolutely loves the food changes I have made in my life!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Presidential Inspiration

Inspiration. 

That is what I sought this morning while deciding what to write for this post. 

What inspires me?

God, my husband and children, the mountains, nature, people.

My mind began to think of politics and how inspiring George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other leaders of the past have been.  While studying them they have inspired my children and I to do better and be better people.  They inspire us to make a difference in our neighborhood, community, state, country, and world.

Inspiration    -and inspiring or animating action or influence.
                        -something inspired, as an idea
                        -a thing or person that inspires

Synonyms – affect, animate, arouse, be responsible for, carry, cause, elate, embolden, enkindle, enliven, exalt, excite, exhilarate, fireup, give rise to, hearten, impress, infect, inflame, influence, inform, infuse, inspirit, instill, invigorate, motivate, provoke, reassure, spark, spur, trigger, urge

President Barack Obama had a vision, hope and dream.  He inspired millions of people in this country and across the world in 2008.  I remember seeing and hearing the enormous amount of excitement and support across the nation as the first black man would become president.  Yet, it was not just the color of his skin that brought those emotions.  His vision and speeches helped people to have hope for a better tomorrow and future.

Saying all of this I better admit that I did not vote for him.  I saw his zeal and charisma but I still had too many views that did not line up with his plan for this country.  (I hope you don't click off because of my vote. I wouldn't if it were you:) Yet, even though I didn’t vote for him I appreciated his optimism and desire to make a change.  I believe God puts who He chooses into office.  Sometimes He gives people the desires of their heart, whether good or bad, and sometimes He has a plan for the future that needs to be fulfilled.

It is always easy to go back and criticize what our predecessors have done.  Tearing apart President George W. Bush and his policies and decisions were an easy target.
How quickly we forget that this country and much of the world was screaming for justice after 9-11.  Vengeance was the order of the day and much deserved.  Our leaders pressed forward to find the people who killed our innocent civilians.  Decisions were made and wars began.  When I was in the Navy I worked in Intelligence.  I can tell you that there is so much information that America never knows and the government could not reveal.  If they shared the information they had on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries, it would put thousands of lives at risk and future operations could be compromised.  

Were there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?  Likely.  I heard General Georges Sada, from Iraq, speak and he said there absolutely were.  They moved them into Syria before the war.  Read his interesting book on it. 

Saddam's Secrets

Now, I am not naive and I know that:

Just because the media reports there were none doesn’t mean there weren’t 

And

Just because the government says there were and then there weren't doesn’t mean there were or weren’t

And

Just because this book says there were some doesn’t mean there were

George Bush not only faced wars on many fronts but also a devastating hurricane – Katrina.  Besides some of the huge economical mistakes made by prior administrations that produced their poisoness fruit during Bush’s and Obama’s rein, there were many problems that I’m sure were never reported. 

How many terrorists attacks have we avoided because of our amazing soldiers and intelligence community?

The troops have kept the bad guys busy in their own neighborhoods instead of making it easy for them to come to ours.

President Obama did inherit a tough job, as did every president before him.  Was it all Clinton and Bush’s fault?  Definitely not.

Were the problems facing our country in 2008 something President Obama or any other administration able to fix in six months or even four years – not likely – obviously.

President Obama inspired a huge portion of this country that he could do better and make things better.

Was it his fault that didn’t happen?  Is he to blame?  I’m sure he does shoulder some of it but there is plenty of blame to go around.

What about you and I?  This nation was inspired to vote for President Obama twice but have we been inspired to make a difference in our own personal life, choices, and finances?

Were the people who voted for President Obama the first time naïve and believed that things would change quickly?

What about those who screamed for vengeance after 9-11 to only complain and gripe later that it was taking too long to fight the war, that the cost was too high financially and with lives?

Just because there are reports that put a negative light on the different war fronts doesn’t mean that those same fronts aren’t necessary for our way of life to continue.  Soldiers join the military with the expectation to die for this country.  I know, I was one.  When I signed up in 1991 I was willing to follow my Commander and Chief anywhere he sent me and I knew that I would not have all the information – because of national security most of us cannot know most of the information.

We must trust.  We must give our leaders a chance to do what they have set out to do. 

Will they accomplish all of their promises made on the election trail?  No.

Will they turn an economy that is in the toilet into a gourmet feast in a year, two years, or even eight years? Not likely.

Let’s be inspired not by leaders, governments, or wars.  Let’s be inspired not by money, economies, or great speeches.

Instead let’s inspire ourselves to make a difference.  We all have a place in our home, community, city, state, country, and world.  We all can make a difference whether it be in our own finances, with helping those in need, or praying for our leaders. Instead of griping about policies made in Washington - make a phone call to our elected officials and let them know how we feel about certain laws.  What about making a difference in your child’s life?  What about reaching out to a neighbor in need?  What about sending a thank you card to someone who serves this country in any capacity?

Some say President Obama is the anti-christ while others say President George W. Bush was a loser and destroyed this country.

I say they are our presidents and are worthy of respect.  They did not destroy this country.  In fact, they both have done their best to make it safer and better.
Wars, terrorists, bombs, lies, selfishness, greed, laziness, hate, and weather have brought this country to its knees but we can rebuild and be even better – you know why?

Because we are Americans.  We must do our individual part to turn this country around.  We cannot be impatient and want things changed right this minute.  With faster internet and technology comes a lifestyle of “I want it right now”  Faster is not always better and  some things cannot be transmitted at speeds of light.  Some things take time and fortitude.

Buck up and hang on.  We are in for a long ride.  It will go past President Obama.  Whoever is his predecessor, me for instance (just kidding), will continue his dream for a better economy and safer America and they will have their own battles to face and overcome – with everyone’s help.

I hope I have inspired you!

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